• Princeton football tries to regain footing after death of player
• AP releases first statewide football poll
• Cincinnati Miami Valley Christian Academy fields first football team
• Massillon QBs duke it out for starting spot
Princeton football tries to regain footing after death of player: The Cincinnati Princeton Vikings have been on an “emotional rollercoaster” after the death of their teammate Jovante Woods. A funeral service was held for Woods, the son of former Cincinnati Bengals star Ickey Woods, the day after the team played their opener against Beavercreek – a game they won 31-13. The Viking fell to Dayton Northmont in Week 2 then bounced back for a convincing win against Glen Este High School in Week 3. “It’s been an emotional roller coaster,” Vikings head coach Bill Leach said. The team’s wearing a sticker bearing Jovante’s number on their helmets, and they’re playing with an injury-laden roster. “We’ve got to figure out how to run the football more effectively and get consistent with it,” Leach says.
Polls will be polls: The Associated Press has released their first statewide poll of sports writers and broadcasters, and they’ve got Cleveland Glenville at the top of the pack. Their rankings differ slightly from JJHuddle’s Power Poll rankings, as we’ve got Colerain (3-0) in the No. 1 slot in Division I. Colerain’s coming off a great week aftering beating Louisville (Ky.) DuPont Manuel 34-7 with another dominant effort. Colerain tallied 415 yards of total offense while allowing just 139. Manuel rushed for just two yards in the game. Glenville will have lots to prove on a tough road stretch in the weeks ahead. If you’re in the Cleveland/Akron-area, check out the Plain Dealer Top 25 Football Poll and the SportsInk.com Fab 15.
Canton North QB, May, ties state record for touchdown passes: Canton South senior quarterback Jared May secured a spot in the state record books last week when he blasted in nine touchdown passes in a 62-14 win over East Palestine. May tied the state record, and he was just one touchdown shy of tying the national record. Even better, he sat out most of the fourth quarter. “I was pretty shocked – I just couldn’t believe it,” May told MaxPreps. “I never in a million years ever thought that I would be up there close to all those other great players. I sat out most of the fourth quarter and I don’t think I threw a pass.” May throws on 95 percent of the team’s plays.
Miami Valley Christian Academy suits up: Former Highlands offensive coordinator Robert Vilardo has been tapped to build the Miami Valley Christian Academy’s football team from the ground up, and the team recently won their first game in front of 400-500 fans. That’s no small feat. In it’s first season, Miami Valley is fielding just 17 players – several of whom haven’t played football before. They’re playing a mix of JV and varsity football teams in the Cincinnati area, and Vilardo, for one, is excited: “Some place down the road, this school will have a championship football team. I hope I’m here for that and that it happens soon but either way, the team that finally breaks through will owe a lot to this team that started it all.”
Battle for QB spot at Massillon heats up: After a series of up-and-downs through three games, Massillon’s starting QB Brody Tonn’s in a battle for the helm with out-of-state transfer sophomore Kyle Kempt. During Week 1, Tonn tossed six interceptions in a loss to Buchtel. The following week, Tonn threw for 330 yards and four TDs in a win over Glenoak. Then, in Week 3, Tonn bobbled four snaps and coach Jason Hall gave the nod to Kempt in the second quarter. Kempt finished out the game with 6-of-11 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Now, no one’s quite sure who Massillon’s going to start on Friday against Mentor. “Like I’ve said all along, the one who’s the most consistent is the one that’s going to play,” Hall told IndieOnline.com. “If one gets hot, one gets hot, just like at running back, just like at any position.”